2014 Opel Insignia debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show
If we had to pick an Opel to join the Buick range, it's an overwhelmingly safe bet that it'd be the new Insignia OPC Tourer, a 325-horsepower, all-wheel drive wagon, with an optional six-speed manual and the ability to hit 60 in a (sandbagged) 6.3 seconds. It makes its American equivalent, the Buick Regal GS, look like that younger cousin you beat up at family barbecues.

Of course, being a cool European car, we'll probably never, ever see one. That's why we made a point of taking a look at the refreshed 2014 model on the floor of the Frankfurt Motor Show. It was parked alongside the 2014 Insignia OPC Sedan and the standard 2014 Insignia. We've got a gallery of all three vehicles, with the standard Insignia up top, and the OPC variants at the bottom.
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New Insignia OPC: World Premiere for the Ultimate Opel Powerhouse

- Bold appearance: New design combined with characteristic OPC elements
- Ultra-modern technology: Modified chassis for even more driving fun
- Detailed readouts: Instrument display with specific engine information

Rüsselsheim. With 239 kW/325 hp and 435 Nm maximum torque, the Insignia OPC is the ultimate top-of-the-line performer among Opel models. The all-wheel drive model makes its debut with a new, refreshed look and modified chassis at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt (September 12 – 22).

"The Insignia OPC dazzles with new radiance," says Michael Ableson, Vice President GME Engineering. "With great attention to detail, our engineers have given it some decisive fine-tuning. This is evident in its design and in its even better driving performance. This puts the OPC squarely in the first league of mid-size series production sports cars."

Attention to detail – inside and out

The new Insignia OPC impresses at first glance. The re-styled front and rear, with signature OPC design elements such as distinctive saber-tooth detailing at the front and the tailpipe trim integrated in the rear, underline its power and evoke visions of high-speed laps around the Nürburgring.

The eye-catching bodywork encapsulates state-of-the-art technology. The OPC chassis is enhanced, with special focus on the re-worked rear axle – as in the other members of the new Insignia family – where engineers have modified around 60 percent of the componentry. In addition, noise and vibration behavior is improved through numerous fine-tuning measures. New ESP software enables even more precise dynamics tuning, especially in reaction to understeer tendencies. Modified damper software for the FlexRide chassis with its adjustable shock absorbers ensures optimum roadholding. This OPC-specific programming improves driving dynamics, allowing a quicker and more precise response to different maneuvers and road conditions.

With six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive, the Insignia OPC sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds (Sports Tourer: 6.3 seconds) and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). In unrestricted specification, the OPC with manual transmission goes on to a maximum speed of 270 km/h (Sports Tourer: 265 km/h). The high performance, Brembo braking system ensures rapid deceleration with maximum stability, even during high-intensity use.

In addition, the Insignia OPC benefits from its electronically controlled 4x4 system. The all-wheel drive system incorporates a high-quality clutch, operating on Haldex principles, and an electronic limited-slip differential to ensure superb traction. It constantly adapts to prevailing road conditions and varies torque distribution seamlessly from zero to 100 percent between the front and rear axles, as well as between the rear wheels. In combination with the electronically controlled FlexRide premium chassis, the all-wheel drive system sets standards in terms of reaction time and vehicle control.

Motorsports feeling flows into interior

The cabin welcomes OPC drivers with pure motorsport ambience. Recaro performance seats, also optionally available in leather with a memory function, the OPC gearshift knob and a completely new main instrument panel and center console exude premium flair. Beyond basic information, drivers can see specific details like oil pressure and temperature, battery voltage, throttle position, brake power and the g-force resulting from lateral acceleration on the optional, 8-inch instrument readout display.

The new performance steering wheel (optionally heated) features shift levers when it is combined with automatic transmission. This enables the OPC driver to execute extremely quick manual shifts, even when in automatic mode. If the shift levers are then idle for at least 12 seconds, the vehicle continues to drive normally in automatic mode. In this way the new Insignia OPC comfortably combines the advantages of a manual and automatic operation.

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      The high powered AWD manual stick shift wagon will not sell here. Limited market. Just ask Cadillac. But what Buick should do is bring the standard wagon over and offer it with the same powertrain choices they have in the sedan. That would be a great option and expand the Regal line up.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah yeah yeah, If they bring it, nobody will buy it, and Autoblog will be the 1ST car buff site to crap on it and tell us how its "not up to snuff"! Its amazing how these sites act like this over the cars we can't have, then for the few that DO make it over here, they end up talkin ish about em anyway (see Ford Focus, Saturn Astra, Merkur, etc).
      • 1 Year Ago
      :"It makes its American equivalent, the Buick Regal GS, look like that limp-wristed cousin you use to beat up at family barbecues." Besides the failed use of "Used", is autoblog really promoting gay bashing? Really?
        • 1 Year Ago
        But you have to ask Brandon Turkus, from which web site he copy/paste this from.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Why do you think 'limp-wristed' implies gay? Are you a gay basher?
          • 1 Year Ago
          Can I just go on the record and say that if this means anyone who is so damned thin skinned should be beat up at ALL BARBECUES- I am fully in support of that. It must be a miserable existence living out one's life as an officer of the PC army. Screw you all. Also, on a side note- those of you who think the Opel is just automatically better looking than the Regals, I just would like to offer my meager vote of dissent. I think the Regals- especially in low profile wheel mode, are sweet designs. I do agree that the portholes and the blinkers on the mirrors detract from the US spec look, however.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Because, according to the author, gay means less manly, right? This disappointed me greatly as well.
      • 1 Year Ago
      :"It makes its American equivalent, the Buick Regal GS, look like that limp-wristed cousin you use to beat up at family barbecues." - You seriously just wrote that? You couldn't think of a better analogy?
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      Build the same car here in the states. Same suspension, etc. Buick is looking for younger buyers, there is their answer. Bring in the estates in limited numbers as well. If Buick is serious about getting younger buyers, then, they don\'t have to look too far to get them. Build them and they will come!!
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      • 1 Year Ago
      Dear GM: Do a Regal wagon, and you just might see me in one of your showrooms.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Audi and BMW charge a lot for wagons. Hello. Bring one over, it will help get rid of the Buick granps image, and bring some of those Range Rover suburbanites into the fold.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Because American's would rather have their short-bus sized SUV's.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Buick is underestimating the power of bring the Tourer to the US. It would make them appear more serious as a European-centric division of GM. Is Volvo still coming out with the V60 for the US??
        • 1 Year Ago
        While I like the Tourer, I'd disagree that they're underestimating it. They have enough trouble as-is trying to ditch their grandpa mobile image with some people. Not sure what a station wagon is going to do to help. Sure there is a very small niche market that likes wagons especially higher performance ones. But they would never sell enough to make a real business case for it. At least right now. And it's not like the CTS wagons were flying off shelves. Don't think GM is in too much of a hurry to bring another wagon here.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think bring the tourer - especially in OPC form - to the US would really set Buick apart from the rest of GM's brands. it would give Buick something unique and different. Yes, there's already the CTS/CTS-V but I don't think the Buick version would take away from the Cadillac.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Buick needs to add that blue to their paint options.
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